The Michael C. Carlos Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets art and artifacts from antiquity to the present in order to provide unique opportunities for education and enrichment in the community, and to promote interdisciplinary teaching and research at Emory University.
Founded in 1919, the Michael C. Carlos Museum has grown over the last century to become one of the most revered institutions in Georgia, serving generations of students, scholars, schoolchildren, history buffs, art lovers, and tourists. Originally known as the Emory University Museum, the steady development of the Museum as an important regional institution eventually led to an expansion of the facility. Increased visibility and support allowed the Museum to develop ambitious education and outreach programs serving thirty thousand school-children each year; create an art conservation lab and teaching program unique in the Southeast; present major international exhibitions; and dramatically expand in size and scope its collections of Egyptian, Near Eastern, Classical, ancient American, African, and Asian art, as well as its important body of works of art on paper from the Renaissance to the present. Today, more than one hundred thousand visitors experience the Carlos Museum each year.